On 28 March, a meeting was held in the format of a videoconference chaired by Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Investments and Foreign Trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan Sardor Umurzakov to discuss the current state and further measures to stimulate foreign trade activity.
The meeting was attended by the heads of relevant ministries, departments, industry associations, commercial banks and local authorities of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, regions and the city of Tashkent.
Responsible managers provided reports on the current state of export activity by industry and region, measures taken to support domestic producers and exporters, and existing problems in this area. The activities of individual leaders were severely criticized due to the lack of ongoing work to support entrepreneurs and exporters in solving their problems.
Thus, in particular, 31 deputy khokims of districts and cities from the Republic of Karakalpakstan, Andijan, Bukhara, Jizzakh, Kashkadarya, Navoi, Namangan, Samarkand, Syrdarya, Tashkent, Fergana, Khorezm regions, as well as heads of a number of industry associations, were brought to disciplinary responsibility, such as the Uztekstilprom Association and the Uzpromstroymaterialy Association.
The above leaders were tasked with intensifying targeted interaction with exporters at the level of regions, districts, cities and mahallas. It was noted that the assigned employees, along with the heads of relevant departments, are personally responsible for ensuring the smooth operation of export-oriented enterprises and providing them with comprehensive support in production and export activities.
The need to continue systematic work to identify and mobilize new reserves to increase the country’s export potential, search for new promising markets and diversify export supplies was also emphasized.
As a result of the meeting, the heads of ministries, departments, commercial banks and local authorities were given additional targeted instructions to complete the tasks. Control over their timely execution will be carried out by the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Uzbekistan.